John Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery are celebrating 30 years of their 50/50 joint venture, the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation.
Utilizing united manufacturing facilities and integrated marketing and parts distribution, Deere-Hitachi produces high-value products backed by a robust dealer network. Since the start of operations in 1988, the joint venture has manufactured more than 55,000 hydraulic excavators for the North, Central and South American markets.
The 1-million-square-foot Deere-Hitachi manufacturing facility in Kernersville, N.C., brings together the latest in technological innovation and a skilled workforce of over 800 employees to produce best-in-class, 13-to-47-metric-ton excavator models. The state-of-the-art facility uses high-quality materials, advanced welding robotics, CNC machining centers, plasma plate-cutting machines, and cranes capable of transporting as much as 25 tons.
A lean manufacturing system, combined with a thorough quality assurance process, enables the facility to produce made-to-order machines with a quick time to market.